The late Sydney Ball was a pioneer in the field of painting and the development of abstraction in Australia. An influential and prolific artist, Ball’s extensive oeuvre can be divided into distinct series, some focused on figuration and others dedicated to abstraction. Each stylistic evolution represents a significant shift in direction, yet Ball’s captivation with form, colour and light remains evident throughout his practice.
Initially working as an architectural draughtsman before attending the South Australian School of Art part-time in the late 1950s, Ball travelled to New York in 1963 to study lithography and painting at the Art Students’ League. Under the tutelage of Theodoros Stamos, Ball encountered the Irascibles (otherwise known as the Irascible Eighteen), a group of Abstract Expressionists that included Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, Robert Motherwell and Mark Rothko. Ball returned to Australia in 1965, a confirmed devotee of colour painting and hard-edge abstraction.
INFINEX V, Sullivan+Strumpf, Zetland, Sydney
ABSTRACTION 18: Further a-Field, 1970s, Charles Nodrum Gallery, Richmond
ABSTRACTION 17: A Field of Interest, c. 1968, Charles Nodrum Gallery, Richmond
Abstraction 15, Charles Nodrum Gallery, Richmond
Abstraction 13, Charles Nodrum Gallery, Richmond
Sullivan+Strumpf at Taipei Dangdai 2019, Sullivan+Strumpf
Sullivan+Strumpf at Art Stage Singapore 2016, Sullivan+Strumpf
Sullivan+Strumpf at Sydney Contemporary Art Fair, Sullivan+Strumpf
Marnling Press – Whaling Road Studio at Sydney Contemporary Art Fair, Marnling Press – Whaling Road Studio
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